MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's Senate has voted to depenalize abortion — a rare step in a Latin American nation. President Tabare Vasquez says he will veto the measure.
Ruling party Sen. Monica Javier says 17 of the 30 senators present voted for Tuesday's bill, which would remove penalties for abortion during the first 12 weeks of gestation.
The country's Roman Catholic Church has crusaded against the measure, which give Uruguay the most liberal abortion laws in South America.
The country now bars abortion in all circumstances.